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Richard Ramirez's relationship with Doreen Lioy ended when Richard Ramirez died on June 7, 2013. They had been married for 16.7 years.

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Richard Ramirez

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Why Famous: The Night Stalker, serial killer

Age: 53 (2/29/1960 - 6/7/2013)

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Doreen Lioy

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Why Famous: Wife of Richard Ramirez

Age: 63 (b. 1955)


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Event Start Date Length
Dating n/a --
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Married 10/3/1996 16.7 years
Deceased 6/7/2013 --
 Total16.7 years*

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Where and/or how did Richard Ramirez and Doreen Lioy meet?

Doreen had seen Ramirez's picture (some accounts say in a newspaper, others on television) and indicated in later interviews that she instantly fell madly in love with him. Feeling that he needed a friend, she commenced to write him a letter. He wrote back and she became his advocate to the press, insisting that Ramirez could not have done the things he was accused of. She reportedly wrote 75 letters to him before she met him in jail.

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Their meeting only deepened their connection, although Ramirez often disappointed her by allowing the visits of other enamored women. Doreen sat through every day of the trial, decrying its unfairness to any journalist who would listen. She purchased clothing for Ramirez to wear and jealously watched the other women who showed up. Carlo reports that she thought she was the only one who truly loved him. But she wasn't alone in that sentiment.

Doreen gave an interview to U.S. News in 1997 in which she insisted that Ramirez was funny, charming, and kind. Despite all the evidence and witness identifications, she still believed he was innocent. "I just believe in him completely," she insisted. She also admitted that being the wife of an inmate who will never be released is lonely. Yet she will bear it for him.

Doreen Lioy believes her husband is innocent of the charges against him. Lioy, who was raised as a Catholic, respects Ramirez's Satanic worship. This was demonstrated when she gave him a silver wedding band to wear, since Satanic worshipers do not wear gold.

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